Meat Loaf dead: 'Bat Out of Hell' singer dies aged 74 with wife by his side

Stephen Fry wrote: “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf.

“Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century… he had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful …”

Cher wrote: “Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer’. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day. ” (sic)

Boy George added: “R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber penned: “The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim. – ALW.”

While singer Stella Parton wrote: “So sad to hear Rock star Meatloaf has passed away. RIP dear soul. Rock with the angels! Thanks for the music sir.”